Sage MAS 90 and Sage MAS 200 are both identical ERP and accounting software. You will never notice the difference in terms of appearance because the graphical user interface (GUI) is completely the same, all their functionalities and features are the also the same. The only difference that you will notice is the speed and what is running in the background. Sage MAS 90 runs on a Local Area Network (LAN) that is the why it can only handle 10 concurrent users in one time. Sage MAS 200 runs under a client-server architecture, this allows minimum amount of data that is being transferred back and forth between the server and the user’s workstation which is why Sage MAS 200 runs faster.
When using Sage MAS 200, all processes are being done inside the server while only screen updates are being transferred back and forth between the server and the workstation. This saves tons of processing power inside the workstation the server does all the processing. This can be advantageous to those workstations with older hardware which performs slower provided that they meet the minimum requirements of Sage MAS 200. Sage MAS 200 is also very ideal for companies with multiple locations as it can perform well for distributed processing environment. Many IT professionals also regard Sage MAS 200 as a more secure platform with higher data security as compared to Sage MAS 90.
Considering all the advantages of Sage MAS 200 over Sage MAS 90, licenses for Sage MAS 200 cost a bit higher than Sage MAS 90. There is actually no significant differences of the costs for Sage MAS 90 servers and Sage MAS 200 servers while other hardware and system requirements are not really that significant and there is not much in price difference. However, why would it be more advisable to use Sage MAS 200 despite of its higher costs?
The answer is actually simple. ERP experts always consider the higher security and data integrity of Sage MAS 200 and believe that the cost is not a significant factor to consider given that Sage MAS 200 is a better software.